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Analysis and modeling of urban weather and climate, with examples from the SURF Project in Beijing

Speaker: Bob Bornstein, San Jose State University
Series: Special Seminars
Location: Engineering Quad E225
Date/Time: Monday, August 13, 2018, 02:00:00 p.m. - 03:00:00 p.m.


Bob BornsteinThis presentation first summaries methodologies in the analysis of data to best illuminate the dynamics that produce urban climate and weather, e.g., on  temperature, wind, moisture, and thunderstorms. Such studies should elucidate  diurnal and seasonal temporal variations, PBL variations, wind speed and direction  impacts on spatial patterns, and the battles between building-barrier and
urban heat island (UHI) impacts. Research modeling studies provide greater insights into the analysis efforts described above. Models are also used in end-user applications e.g., for energy, air quality, water supply, health, climate change,
and emergency response. The review thus first summaries the current state of numerical urban-scale models and then finishes with existing challenges. Examples are given for cities in a variety of settings, with special applications from the Beijing SURF project.


The speaker earned a PhD (1972) in Meteorology from NYU and is currently  Professor Emeritus of Meteorology at SJSU. His research focus is observation,  analysis, and simulation of polluted urban PBLs in changing climates. He is a  Fellow of the AMS, has received Fulbright Fellowships (to Italy, Austria, Brazil), was on the WMO Commission for Urban and Building Climatology, and received lifetime achievement awards in urban climate from the AMS (2008) and International  Association for Urban Climate (2009). The 2017 AMS Urban Climate Conference had named sessions in honor of his 75th birthday.